MegaVision (cameras)

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MegaVison, Inc.
IndustryDigital imaging
FoundedUnited States (1983)
HeadquartersSanta Barbara, California
Key people
Ken Boydston, President, Brian Amrine Color Mathematics, Richard Colvin, Electrical Engineering, Lynn Watson, Software Engineering, Richard Chang, John Cox
ProductsDigital backs, RAW processing software, Multi-spectral imaging system

MegaVision is an American company that manufactures high-end digital photographic equipment. It was founded in 1983 to create a state-of-the-art image processing computer. MegaVision was the first company to produce a digital camera back for sale, using a 4 megapixel vidicon tube behind a Cambo technical view camera. MegaVision has always produced the capture software that controls their camera hardware. MegaVision produced the first live focus video in a digital still camera porting video over twisted pair wires (1993). MegaVision produced the first gamut alarm light metering with their Color Coded Light Metering (1993). MegaVision produced the first RAW file removable media digital camera with the Batpac digitizer and the S2/S3 series camera backs (1996). MegaVision produced the first computer mounted digital camera back using the E3/E4/E5 and the OQO computers (2005). MegaVision currently produces a 10 band visible plus 365 nm UV and 5 band IR EurekaVision lighting system initially developed for their 39 megapixel Monochrome camera back. Outside of US and Canada, MegaVision products are officially distributed in Asia through Megavision International Pte Ltd.[1] and in EMEA COUNTRIES through TechVision [2]


Digital backs[edit]

single shot[edit]

E series[edit]
  • E2 4 megapixel non-mydriatic diabetic retinopathy
  • E3/E427 6/11-megapixel ophthalmic
  • E7 50-megapixel
  • Monochrome and Bayer pattern Color
S series (discontinued)[edit]

Color information is obtained with a color filter array in front of the sensor

  • S4 16-megapixel 36 mm square CCD sensor with 9 µm pixel size [3]
  • S3 / S3pro 6-megapixel 24 mm x 26 mm CCD sensor with 12 µm pixel size [4][permanent dead link]
  • S2 4-megapixel 31 mm square CCD sensor with 15 µm pixel size [5][permanent dead link]

Three-shot (discontinued)[edit]

Color information is obtained in three consecutive exposures through a red, green, and blue filter


EurekaVision LED lighting system:

  • 365 nm UV , 447 nm, 470 nm, 505 nm, 530 nm, 590 nm, 625 nm, 655 nm Visibles, 700 nm, 730 nm, 780 nm, 850 nm, 860 nm, 940 nm 1050 nm IRs
  • 120mm f4.5 UV-VIS-IR Apo Macro, 320 nm-1100 nm, MegaVision Electronic Shutter System
  • Single and Double filter wheel systems for detecting and characterizing fluorescence emission


  • Photoshoot capture software for Windows 7 and 8 [8]

Other companies with similar products[edit]

Similar digital backs are manufactured / sold by Hasselblad, Leaf, and Phase One.


External links[edit]

  • article on [9]
  • article in Shutterbug on pro-quality digital SLRs from 2001 [10]
  • article by John Henshall from 1998 [11]
  • article by Philip Greenspun on digital cameras and image sensors [12]
  • PRI article by Noel King on St. Catherines Monastery palimpsest library translation [13]
  • web page by Rob Beschizza on Declaration of Independence correction [14]
  • web page by Adrian S. Wisnicki on Livingstone Field Diary [15]
  • web page by Mary Downs on Martellus Map Project [16]
  • web page article by Stephanie Pappas on Burnt Magna Carta [17]
  • web page video of EurekaVision system in use at Dead Sea Scrolls' Israeli Antiquities Authority studio lab [18]